A week after baby Mariana was born, her parents noticed she had stopped eating. She also wasn’t responding when they tried to wake her up. These symptoms came on unexpectedly and quickly—and two hours after mom and dad got married.
Nicole and Shane Sifrit left their own wedding early to bring Mariana to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, where she’s currently on life support. She was diagnosed with Meningitis HSV1—caused by a strain of the herpes virus that affects 67 percent of people globally.
Most adults with this strain of herpes don’t even know they have it and aren’t at risk for meningitis. Both Nicole and Shane tested negative for the virus, meaning Mariana contracted it after coming into close contact with someone else. And determining who that person is may be near…
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